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Evaluation of a hospice rapid response community service: A controlled evaluation

Butler, C, Holdsworth, LM, Coulton, S and Gage, H (2012) Evaluation of a hospice rapid response community service: A controlled evaluation BMC Palliative Care, 11.

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Abstract

Background: While most people faced with a terminal illness would prefer to die at home, less than a third in England are enabled to do so with many dying in National Health Service hospitals. Patients are more likely to die at home if their carers receive professional support. Hospice rapid response teams, which provide specialist palliative care at home on a 24/7 on-call basis, are proposed as an effective way to help terminally ill patients die in their preferred place, usually at home. However, the effectiveness of rapid response teams has not been rigorously evaluated in terms of patient, carer and cost outcomes. Methods/Design: The study is a pragmatic quasi-experimental controlled trial. The primary outcome for the quantitative evaluation for patients is dying in their preferred place of death. Carers quality of life will be evaluated using postal questionnaires sent at patient intake to the hospice service and eight months later. Carers perceptions of care received and the patients death will be assessed in one to one interviews at 6 to 8 months post bereavement. Service utilisation costs including the rapid response intervention will be compared to those of usual care. Discussion: The study will contribute to the development of the evidence base on outcomes for patients and carers and costs of hospice rapid response teams operating in the community. Trial registration: Current controlled trials ISRCTN32119670. © 2012 Butler et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Butler, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Holdsworth, LMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Coulton, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gage, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 July 2012
Identification Number : 10.1186/1472-684X-11-11
Additional Information : © 2012 Butler et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2015 17:37
Last Modified : 14 Oct 2015 17:37
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808837

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